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My World

Posted: May 21, 2013 by peytonporter1995 in Once in a Life Time, PeytonP

Your world was as wide as the palms of your hands,
and the souls of your feet.

Two things that are your world.

You trained past bruises and pain,

Refused defeat.
Mastering bars and beams,
Floors and other teams

You would bend and you would twist
because someone said that’s the way it’s done best.

With dreams as big as your leaps and bound.

Hopes and prayers to never back down.

Your smile and name caught the nations attention.

The name etched in stone

Forever to remain

Gabrielle Douglas

Who I am

Posted: May 21, 2013 by peytonporter1995 in Once in a Life Time, PeytonP

I’m an Artistic Gymnast.

It’s the way the music

Moves me.

First I hear it.

Then

I feel it.

The chords and melody,

Caress my soul.

Reminding me

Of

My heritage.

Allowing my body

To dance,

To tumble,

Like my ancestors

Once did

Under the wild

African Moon.

And

When I finish

I feel them smile

Down

On

Me

356 Times

Posted: May 21, 2013 by peytonporter1995 in Once in a Life Time, PeytonP

I’m not sure how it happened

I don’t think

We’ll ever know.

This life we live

Will take us far.

God holds my hand

Tells me do not fear

For the Bible says it

365 times,

1 for every day of the year.

Overcoming my own

Posted: May 20, 2013 by peytonporter1995 in Once in a Life Time, PeytonP

My routine was spot on.

Some say flawless.

A hard life’s work- flipping and tumbling through the air.

Sweating and competing my way into history books.

Doing what I love.

Overcoming stereotypes.

Putting my family in a bind.

Moving a thousand miles away from home,
trying to make MY dreams come true.

I brought home two gold medals,
some didn’t see it that way.

My people say I put them to shame,
they look the other way.

They say my hair wasn’t up to par.
It wasn’t up to par for whom?

I lit the Olympic Flame.
For you and for me.

To guide the next black girl
Into her dreams

So, before you cast judgement
On me and my hair

Let’s see you do half

 Of what I just did

Out there.

I Raised an Olympian.

Posted: May 20, 2013 by peytonporter1995 in Once in a Life Time, PeytonP

How many can say these powerful words?
I raised an Olympian.

I see her sore,
Weak,
Tired.
Doing the same death defying move,
Only to have to do it
Again and Again.

Then one day
She outgrows her hometown
Seeing her go.

Letting her be someone else’s
Daughter,
Sister,
Friend.

Missing out on two years
Of goodnight hugs and kisses.
Two years of her life.

Not getting to see her grow
Into a young woman
Into who she is today.

Then I have to sit and wonder…
Is someone else holding her
While she’s sad,
homesick,
ready to give up?

Do they tell her
It’s going to be
okay?

Do they remind her to persevere?
To look at every she’s given up
To get as far as she has.

Because that’s what I would do.

The baby of our family
left us at 14.
To make her dreams come true,
Because no one else could,
But her.

That’s what it takes to raise an Olympian,
That and a hell of a lot more.

Feel..

Posted: May 20, 2013 by peytonporter1995 in Once in a Life Time, PeytonP

Three billion eyes all on

YOU.

Waiting to judge              Your every move.

In a moment like this

All you can do is

Feel…

Feel

Adrenaline pump through your veins,

Tension in the air,

The Familiar vinyl mat beneath your feet,

You know is blue,

The comfort it brings you,

The butterflies you always get,

Stickiness from the MAC lip gloss

Your wear during every meet.

Finally

You hear the music

Your heart skips a beat

Total

Silence

You                             Feel

The music move your soul

It reminds you, why you do, what you do.

And the audience roar like

They always do.

And

You can’t do anything

But

FEEL

Changes

Posted: May 20, 2013 by peytonporter1995 in Once in a Life Time, PeytonP

Everything changes.

Nothing will the be the same.

Bronze.

Silver.

Gold.

Steps in my life.

I moved up in

The world.

As well as gymnastics.

Sometimes I crave

To be normal,

To have a job,

Read books,

Keep up with television shows,

To be me.

Then I realize

What I do now,

Is.

Me.